The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has introduced with a new set of rules for passports in India for the year 2018. The main changes have already been implemented while the new passport rules that are still to come into effect have been elaborated below. The new passport rules are supposed to come into effect from June 2018.
Here is the list of proposed modifications for the new passport rules in 2018:
- On the last page of the Passport, it will no longer have the candidate’s residential address details
The latest update said that the Ministry of External Affairs is considering to eliminate the residential address information of the applicant on the last page of the passport. The residential address information will be stored in the government database while will no longer be present on the passport.
All the passports that have been issued after 2012 contain a barcode, which when scanned gives all the information. This measure is taken to assure that more than the required information is not revealed. Though, existing passports will remain the same until the expiry date of the Passport.
- Name of the parents will no longer be printed on Passport
As per the new rules, the parent’s name will also be excluded from being written on the last page of the passport. The ministry has been examining submissions that in cases of “names of estranged father/mother” and “kids of single parents” require not be printed on the passport.
- Orange colour passports may be introduced
Currently, Indian passports are issued in 3 colours:
- White- for government officials
- Red- for diplomats
- Blue- for citizens of two categories i.e. Emigration Check Required (ECR) and Emigration Check Not Required (ECNR)
Preferably of the blue passports for immigrants in the ECR category, passports for this category may be issued in orange colour to make it more comfortable during immigration checks.
- Physical police verification might be changed with the online verification
The MEA will collaborate with the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project (CCTNS) and will replace the old physical police verification with online verification. This measure is proposed to decrease the time taken in the process of passports.
The previous process to receive a passport took very long. Over the past few years, the government reduced the process time by taking a portion of the process online with the initiation of online forms and online registration of documents. Further, the current procedure will be cut-short if online verification is introduced.